Who’re they? It was a reaction which I heard several times when I first mentioned plans to go to their concert. While the ‘serious’ singers, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sonu Nigam, Adnan Sami, Shreya Goshal, etc., slide easily into consciousness, Shankar Ehsan Loy seem to evade the tipof our tongues.
The wooden platform is one that most artistes revere. But, what really is the stage? It’s the only thing that allows us to live another life, as we live and breathe a character, to make the character come alive from the pages of a book. It allows us to feel the fulfillment of being an artist. I dedicate this post, to pay tribute to a name, synonymous with the stage.
Bochan Huy, the Cambodian American singer songwriter from Oakland will be performing her unique brand of music at San Francisco's Asian Heritage Street Celebration on Saturday, May 18.
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Harpreet Sokhi sent Talking Cranes these beautiful pictures. A celebration of women and color. Thank you Harpreet.
"I want my daughter to be barefaced and free..." Her face was veiled behind the soft blue of her burqa as the camera panned over a shadowed corner of her humble Kabul home, but this mother’s voice was strong and clear to the faraway Carnegie Hall audience in New York, waiting expectantly for the music to begin as the introductory video faded from view.
I was barely two years old when Pandit Bhimsen Joshi first came home...on a gramaphone record, singing Maru Bihag and Malkauns! My parents had saved up enough money to buy a record player and this was the first LP they had purchased. With due ceremony they unveiled the record from its sleeve, placed it on the turntable and poised the pin which etched out circles on the shining black plate. And that sublime voice filled the room. "Rasiya...." he sang and my parents listened with reverence, enthralled.
A week ago, gifted musician and composer Shankar Tucker was invited to play at the first Indo American Inaugural Ball in Washington DC, along with a talented group of singers that included Vidya & Vandana (the Iyer sisters) and Rohan Kymal, who have performed with Shankar at concerts and on recordings released via his online music site, the Shruti Box.
TC caught up with Shankar in a tiny recording studio tucked away in a corner of Brooklyn (NY) to chat about the music that he says 'speaks to me'.